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A & B, Old Road Dinner Train celebrate 25th year of ownership

Posted on May 11th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on A & B, Old Road Dinner Train celebrate 25th year of ownership

By Melissa Burnor

The Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road is marking its 25th anniversary under the same ownership this weekend. The A & B and The Old Road Dinner Train are the latest in the 180-year history train history along the stretch of track between Riga and Adrian. The short-line rail company operates both freight trains on the short rail 20-mile track between Riga and Adrian as well as four other Michigan railroads in southern Michigan.

To celebrate the occasion there will be an anniversary party of sorts from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. A ribbon cutting ceremony with some of the village dignitaries and others takes place at 9:30 a.m. There will be train rides starting at 10:30 a.m. for $3 per person.

For the complete story, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of  The Advance.


Blissfield Schools to have police presence after mysterious poster spurred rumor

Posted on May 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Schools to have police presence after mysterious poster spurred rumor

By Melissa Burnor
Officials say at this time there is no apparent threat against Blissfield Schools or its students however, police will have a presence at the school for the remainder of the week.  Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf said a paper was posted on a wall at the school that was discovered early Wednesday with “May 5” written on it.

According to a release from the police department Wednesday evening,  students began speculating that its meaning could be a possible school shooting. Officers from the Blissfield Police Department, along with the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police assisted by school officials conducted several interviews Wednesday evening and determined this to be a rumor only and did not merit a credible threat. 

Police plan to use caution, the release said, and a uniform police presence will be visible at the school for the remainder … Read More »


Tuttle coaches Royals to his 1200th career win

Posted on May 4th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Tuttle coaches Royals to his 1200th career win

Blissfield High School baseball head Coach Larry Tuttle reached yet another milestone in his storied career Wednesday, May 4, as his Royals men presented him by his 1200th win as they notched a 16-5 victory over Ottawa Hills, Ohio, on the road.

For more on the achievement, please see the May 11, 2016, edition of The Advance.


Lenawee County approves 911 measure

Posted on May 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Lenawee County approves 911 measure

With all precincts now reporting, the Lenawee County 911 surcharge proposal on Tuesday, May 3, was approved by county voters, 5886-3060.


Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

OGDEN — A joint road project on Thompson Highway with Riga Township was approved by the Ogden Township board in an April 19 special meeting held for the purpose of considering road projects. The hot patching project on Thompson Highway from Weston Road to the Ohio State Line would cost a total of $16,858.15 per numbers from the Lenawee County Road Commission. Being a joint project, the cost of the project would be split in half, with an estimated $8,429.08 to Ogden Township and the same to be paid by Riga.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Voters in Monroe and Lenawee counties will each have a separate ballot proposal to vote on May 3. Lenawee County residents will be asked to approve a measure that will raise the 911 surcharge on phone lines from $1.18 per line to $3 per phone line. Monroe County voters have a regional enhancement millage renewal for the Monroe Intermediate School District of .9866 mills.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

Posted on April 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

By Melissa Burnor

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Advance – April 13 – has the wrong filing deadline in the story and in the headline. The filing deadline is definitely April 19. We regret the error.)

With a few days left until the deadline for filing a petition to run for local and state offices, very few local races have yet to materialize. The deadline for filing to seek township, county and some state offices is 4 p.m. April 19. All township board seats are up for grabs as well as the county jobs such as sheriff, prosecuting attorney, treasurer, clerk, surveyor, drain commissioner and county commission seats. The only county races so far that appear to be in the making are a primary race for Lenawee County Prosecutor and a race for the District 4 county commission seat that includes Madison Township. … Read More »


Blissfield pool closed for summer

Posted on April 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield pool closed for summer

By Melissa Burnor

There will be no swimming lessons, no hanging out at the outdoor pool or water aerobics this year. Blissfield village officials have closed the  Gail Giles Pool indefinitely due to concerns over its condition and the uncertainty of whether it can be repaired or will need to be replaced. Until engineers can determine the extent of the deterioration and whether it can be replaced or repaired village officials are uncertain what the expectations are.  Unfortunately, officials say that no matter what the engineers say should be done with the pool, how they will proceed is questionable.
“We don’t have the money to do it right now,” village administrator Jim Wonacott said, “regardless of the option.” Village officials said they may have to ask taxpayers whether they may be willing to fund the renovations and repairs or perhaps a new … Read More »


Benefit to boost diabetic-alert-dog-for-Blissfield-tot fund

Posted on April 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Benefit to boost diabetic-alert-dog-for-Blissfield-tot fund

Blissfield tot, Brooks Seeburger, will be the center of attention this coming Monday at Lena’s Italian Restaurant.
For the entire serving day at the restaurant, food purchased, either dine-in or carryout  will have 10 percent of all sales made go to Seeburger and his family.
Brooks, 2, has been diagnosed with Type I diabetes and his parents, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, have been in the process of raising funds to purchase a diabetic alert dog for their young son.
Blissfield State Bank, one of the main supporters of the event will match any amount of the Monday event, as will businesses TLC Community Credit Union, Iott Insurance Agency, Dr. Christopher Mallow D.D.S and Knapp Motors. Miss River Raisin Festival Olivia Miller, whose platform is “Don’t Stop for Diabetes” will make an appearance at the event.


Blissfield, Whiteford stage musicals this weekend

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield, Whiteford stage musicals this weekend

Looking for musical entertainment this weekend?

Blissfield High School will stage “The Wizard of Oz” starting Thursday and Whiteford Schools will present “Anything Goes” over the weekend as well. Both schools have a reputation of excellence in musical performances.

The Blissfield thespians will take their audience down the famous Yellow Brick Road Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Each showing will be  in the high school’s cafeteria at 7 p.m. all three days plus a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday.
Ticket prices for the shows are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children five and under. A $2 Saturday matinee discount is awarded on the afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by simply contacting the high school, or asking a cast and crew member for tickets. The high school number to call for tickets is 486-2148, ext. 326. Reservations … Read More »



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